Osun Deputy Governor Attends Inquest Into Fmr Governor’s Death

Late Isiaka Adeleke
Late Isiaka Adeleke

Deputy Governor of Osun State, Titi Laoye-Tomori, appeared before the coroner inquest set up by the State Governor Rauf Aregbesola, to probe the death of Isiaka Adeleke, who was until his death a sitting member of the Senate.

The deputy governor said she had to waive her immunity in order to appear before the coroner and give evidence because of the importance of the probe.

Few days after Adeleke’s death, Governor Aregbesola announced the setting up of an inquest to determine the manner and cause of an his death.

Laoye-Tomori reportedly sat side by side with the late Adeleke at the last public function he attended which was the burial of the grandmother of Amobi Akintola , the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun West Senatorial District  on April 22.

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In her testimony before the chairman of the coroner, Olusegun  Ayilara, the Deputy Governor said she decided to sit beside Adeleke at the event because of the way he had received her as she alighted from her car.

Tomori said the man who initially sat next to the late Adeleke vacated his seat for her.

Also presenting his testimony before the coroner, Akintola, whose grandmother’s burial Adeleke attended, noted that the late lawmaker did not eat any food at the burial of his grandmother.

He narrated that Adeleke attended the burial ceremony in the company of about 30 political aides and allies but did not eat any food served there.

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Akintola said he served the late Adelekea a bottle of Remmy Martins alcoholic wine, but he brought his own bottle of Remmy Martins from his vehicle which he and his friends drank.

Similarly, Adebisi Adenle, the Chief Medical Director of Biket Hospital, Osogbo, where the late lawmaker was reportedly rushed to after he collapsed, said he was brought to the hospital dead on April 23.

Adenle said that Adeleke was brought to his hospital around 10:15 am, and he pronounced him dead.

He told the coroner that he directed the family to take the corpse to the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Teaching Hospital morgue because his hospital did not have a mortuary.

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The 62-year old Adeleke was the representative of Osun West Senatorial District at the Senate under the platform of All Progressive Congress, APC.

He was also the first civilian governor of Osun between January 1992 and November 1993 on the platform of defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP.

However, the family of the late lawmaker had rejected the formation of an inquest into the death of their brother and has vowed never to appear before the panel.

According to Deji Adeleke, the immediate younger brother of the deceased, the outcome of the inquest had been predetermined hence there was no need attending the hearing.